Online yoga was around long before the pandemic forced you to spend a lot of time at home. It quickly became the only way to enjoy instructor-led practices in many communities for a while, but it still has quite a few benefits you can enjoy:
Still, you need to do things right to make the most of the stretching involved.
Doing online yoga at home makes it possible to practice when it’s truly convenient for you, but it’s also very easy to just stay in bed or find something else to do in the comfort of your own residence than get on your mat and log in to an online class. Be sure you practice consistently in order to keep your strength and flexibility where they need to be. That’s going to be about five or six times a week for dedicated students. If you’ve fallen out of your groove, try three days a week. Practicing yoga regularly is the best way to reap the benefits of it. Consistency holds a lot of weight in this regimen, so be sure to hold to it as closely as you can.
Anyone can hop online and call themselves a yoga instructor before leading classes over the Internet. You would never dream of going to a studio class directed by someone that wasn’t certified, so why do it online? Look up more information and always use only certified yoga teacher courses for your home practice. The importance of an instructor who knows what they’re doing is even more important in the digital realm. When practicing yoga, it is incredibly important to learn from a certified instructor. That way, you will learn the proper poses and how exactly to do them. Also, you will be safer from possible injury from overexertion. Rely on your instructor and they will help guide you along.
Remember that one of the biggest lessons yoga has to offer is to connect to your breath. If you’re not using conscious breathing to move in and out of poses, then you might be too disconnected from your body. There are two problems with this. First, if you’re holding your breath, then you might be going too far into a pose to be safe. Second, if you’re not aware of your mind-body connection, then you can also be oblivious to the poses or holds that your body might need to maintain its flexibility. Listen to your body when doing yoga, it will tell you what its needs are. When you listen to your body, you will be able to protect yourself from possible injury as well.
For all the conveniences of online yoga, you don’t have a teacher physically present to give you adjustments or help maintain your alignment. It’s up to you to make sure you lean into poses enough to get something out of them without going so far that you wind up off your mat for a while.